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Date07/12/1956
CasualtiesSqn Ldr J.B. Wales OBE DFC TD, Avro senior production TP; Mr G.A. Blake, Avro flight engineer; Mr C. O'Neill, Avro FTO; Mr R.A. Greenhalgh, Avro FTO
AircraftAvro Shackleton MR Mk 3 WR970
Took off fromWoodford, Cheshire
Purpose of flightTest of stall warning detectors
Incident locationFoolow (Eyam), Derby
Incident detailsAircraft intentionally stalled with bomb doors open and radome fully extended but it suddenly flicked, inverted and spun into cloud. It emerged under some control but the engines would not respond owing to oiling-up and flooding so aircraft continued to descend, finally stalling and hitting the ground after attempt to turn to port


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